Donna Lynn Thomas

Piece Like a Pro

Donna Lynn Thomas
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Meet expert quilter Donna Lynn Thomas, your guide to learning how to piece like a pro! Start with the basics of fabric, thread and grain lines and then move on to essential cutting skills. Plus, learn why the quarter-inch seam allowance is so important and how to get it right every time.
Using a Carrie Nation block, Donna gives in-depth instruction on strip piecing and how to accurately sew and cut pieces. Then discover a simple trick for pressing seams in a circular fashion. In addition, learn how to make a pressing plan, giving you a roadmap for all your seams.
Donna shows you how to work with triangles by piecing a Hope of Hartford block. Learn how to precisely cut and efficiently sew half-square and quarter-square triangles. You'll also see an effective technique for pressing seams, avoiding any stretching along the fabric bias.
Advance your piecing as you master half-square triangle units. Donna shares tips and tricks for folded corners and flying geese. Then learn best practices for pressing a nine-patch block with these units all sewn together.
Donna takes folded corners and block patterns a step further with a Framed Puzzle block. Learn how to make folded corners on triangles and how to precisely cut angles to create new shapes. Then see how Donna sews an eight-seam center on a block for sharp points and a professional look.
Get an in-depth look at block construction. Donna reveals how to construct blocks that use a grid -- such as simple nine-patch units and squares and bars -- and non-gridded patterns that require partial seaming. Wrap it up with a few pressing strategies to get your seams in order.
Whether you plan to make a straight-set quilt or use decorative sashing, Donna explores effective ways to set blocks together in your quilt. Learn about basic and pieced borders and how they can enhance your central design. Finally, Donna shows how to cut and sew the borders for a beautifully finished quilt!
 
 
7 Lessons
1  hrs 55  mins

Join quilting veteran Donna Lynn Thomas and discover smart techniques that will make a big difference in the quality of your quilts! You’ll learn not just the “how” but the “why” behind each method, so you can easily apply it to improve any project. Start with simple cutting strategies that will help you consistently achieve a quarter-inch seam allowance, and discover timesaving tips for piecing a quilt. Next, find out why a pressing plan is essential for crisp seams, and learn how to make half- and quarter-square triangles faster and more accurately than ever. Dive into foolproof strategies for creating perfectly square projects and conquering precise angle cuts, then find out how to bring your blocks together as a straight set or with decorative sashing. Finally, follow along with Donna to cut and sew beautiful borders that will flawlessly finish any quilt.

Donna Lynn Thomas

Donna Lynn Thomas has been quilting since 1975 and has taught workshops across the U.S. and internationally. She is the author of several quilting books, including Quilting Essentials 1 & 2, A Perfect Match and Shortcuts. She is also the designer of the the On-Point Ruler.

Donna Lynn Thomas

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